Darling | Jodie Knight

A wonderful retelling of the classic The Pursuit of Love. It’s an absolute joy.

I love the way it is so true to the original but brought up to date with the ageing rockstar, mobile phones and so on.

There’s a lot to love about this novel, even if you don’t know the Mitford novel (and aren’t interested in reading it). It’s fun, it’s funny, it’s clever. It tells the story of a messy and chaotic family, but there’s nothing messy or chaotic about the writing. It’s perfectly controlled and sensitive, well structured and marvellously entertaining.

The language is exquisite and hilarious. From the opening sentences, you’re sucked into the story, right there at the tea table with the two teapots, the whole scene as vivid as HD TV. With Linda ” – also known as Linny, Linoleum, Lino, Linguine, McCartney; Macca or sometimes Paul -” being criticised for wearing dungarees and looking like “an American who lives in the woods and whose brother is also her husband.”

In short, it’s brilliant.

My thanks to Netgalley for giving me a free copy of this book. All my reviews are 100% honest and unbiased, regardless of how I acquire the book.

Darling is available from all major booksellers.

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